I've been looking at changing careers. I'm currently working in healthcare practicing as a dietitian/diabetes educator, so I have a strong clinical background- meaning, I'm able to analyze data and use it daily in my work BUT the idea of web development sounds like a lot of fun and different. I've been looking around for the last week, but I was wondering if there are any resources out there (a quiz, something, anything??) to help one decide which area is best for them.
I realize I need to figure out what I want before finding a school/bootcamp. Any help would be aprreciated.
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I would recommend that before you sign up for a bootcamp, make sure software engineering is what you are ready and willing to invest your time, energy and money in. No should get into software engineering on a whim, and not one becomes a software engineer over night.
One of the questions you bring up, 'what area of software engineering should I get into' is an age old one. The issues being, you don't know what you don't know. Deciding to do a bootcamp will ultimately pigeon hole you into a tiny corner of software engineering, and will not expose you to all the complexities and nuances of the industry.
Bootcamps are designed for students who already have the fundamentals of computer science and are know the area of the industry they want to get into. If you are a beginner, or you are not sure what specifically you want to do in terms of software engineering, you need to expose yourself to as much as possible. No test will be able to accurately point you in the right direction.
I know this first hand because I was in your shoes two years ago. I wanted to switch careers and get into software engineering, but I didn't know where to start. I almost made the mistake of attending and iOS bootcamp before I even knew what software engineering really was. I happened to stumble on Holberton, a full-stack software engineering school in SF. Thank goodness I did.... it was exactly what I needed. It exposed me to all major areas of the stack in software engineering, not just web dev, but low level programming, algorithms, data structures, sys/admin DevOps and so much more. I was able to suss out what it is I wanted to do with the rest of my career. If you are truly interested in transitioning into software engineering, it's gonna take a big commit and you are going to have to be willing to take big risks if you want big payoffs. Software engineering is amazing career, take your time doing more research (you've already made huge strides by reaching out to other to seek their guidance).
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